Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh wondered today whether the hosts of tonight’s GOP presidential nomination debate will ask Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) about repeatedly being double reimbursed for flights.
“It will be interesting to see if anyone asks Ron Paul about his double dipping,” Limbaugh said.
Roll Call reported Feb. 6 that Paul has repeatedly been paid for trips once by taxpayers and a second time by a network of political and nonprofit organizations. A Feb. 21 story revealed David James, a former Paul associate who worked for the Texas Republican for 18 years, confronted Paul about the practice in 2005, leading to their falling out a year later.
“Ron Paul apparently has for some of his flights over the course of years, his air transportation, he has been reimbursed by two entities — by private donors and by the government. And apparently he’s kept both in some instances,” Limbaugh said. “It did cause a fallout between an early Ron Paul supporter. I don’t know if there are going to be any questions about this.”
Limbaugh, whose audience is estimated at more than 10 million people, is highly influential among Republicans.